The Benefits of Occupational Therapy

An Occupational Therapist works closely with parents, teachers and other healthcare professionals to assess and determine the underlying components which are impacting on the child’s functioning and identify appropriate strategies to help them.

Occupational Therapy intervention can address a range of developmental difficulties such as:

Motor Development: gross motor (balance, ball skills), fine motor (finger strength, grip, manual dexterity)

Visual-Motor Integration Skills: eye-hand coordination, which affects functional skills such as drawing, cutting, dressing and catching a ball

Visual Perceptual Skills: the ability to interpret, analyse, and give meaning to what we see, which is essential for learning to read, write and perform activities of daily living

Sensory Integration: effecting attention and concentration skills, regulation, impulsivity

Social Skills: developing appropriate play skills, improve eye contact, turn taking and awareness of body language

Handwriting Development: pencil grip, letter formations, letter reversals, spacing

Practical Living Skills: dressing, toileting, self-care, organisation

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